Preparing to Enjoy Heaven

In "God's Word for Today", Steve Oliver writes the following question:

Imagine that you are touring an art gallery filled with the greatest works of art in the world. Would you enjoy it? Now imagine that an art expert who has studied art his whole life is touring the same art gallery. Who would enjoy it more — you or the art expert?

Oliver suggests this answer:

The art expert has spent his life studying and preparing to understand the art, so he will certainly have a much greater appreciation for the art. And we can expect to have a much greater enjoyment of heaven if we have put much effort into preparing for it.

Source: Christ, the Triumphant Lord: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 47.

2016-07-23T09:00:00+00:00July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

Prepare thoroughly for each lesson

A second, and vital, weekly best practice of Sunday school teachers is to start preparing for the
next Sunday's lesson early in the week. It is easy to understand the logic, but many fail to develop this habit and inevitably find themselves cramming desperately Saturday night - or Sunday morning - to get ready to teach. With this in mind, let us consider how to break down the task of developing a lesson to be more manageable.

  1. Set aside some time Sunday afternoon to read the title page of next Sunday's lesson. Read
    that week's "Tips for Teachers" for inspiration. Then, open your Bible to the “Focus Text(s)” and read, without referring to the lesson commentary. Read the “Central Truth,” and reflect on how the scripture illustrates or fleshes out this principle. Read the “Objective,” and brainstorm briefly how you can help your class achieve this goal.
  2. Read one page per day, Monday through Friday, of the five remaining pages in the lesson.
  3. Organize your lesson on Saturday, numbering sequentially various parts of the lesson to cover, as well as adding various other ideas, etc. that you have accumulated while studying throughout the week.
2016-06-07T09:00:00+00:00June 7th, 2016|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: |0 Comments


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